Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 142 years

Memorable Manitobans: Charles Thomas Isham (1755-1814)

Fur trader.

Born at York Factory, the son of James Isham and a Native woman, he was sent to England to be educated. He entered apprenticeship to the Hudson's Bay Company in 1766, and by 1774 was sent inland. He was trading at Cumberland House by 1775-76. He was one of the few inlanders with any skills at canoeing, and he worked as canoeman and interpreter through the 1780s. In 1790 he became master at Swan River, the first Hudson Bay native to rise from the ranks into even a minor officership. In 1812 he served as interpreter for Miles Macdonell at Red River.

See also:

Charles Thomas Isham, Dictionary of Canadian Biography V, 450-51.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 September 2012

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. We acknowledge that the collection contains both reputable and disreputable people. All are worth remembering as a lesson to future generations.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Firsts | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2021 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.